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About Apulia

Apulia comprises the heel of Italy’s foot-shaped land as well as each of the provinces that touch the Adriatic Sea up to Foggia, the region’s least densely populated province. Apulia is home to 500 miles (800 kilometers) of coastline. The cultural heritage of this area is incredible, and archaeologists love it here. Apulia has had many rulers, including Mycenaean and Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Normans and Turks. In 1861, it became part of the newly formed Kingdom of Italy.

Apulia Weather: Bari, the capital of Apulia, gets up to 29 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit) on average in July and August. The average high temperature in January, Bari’s coldest month, is 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit).

Regional Cuisine of Apulia: extra virgin olive oil, fruit, seafood, vegetables, wheat

Regional Wines of Apulia: Primitivo di Manduria, Salice Salentino, Nero di Troia

Things to Do in Apulia: Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, Museo Faggiano di Lecce

Where is Apulia? Bari, a centrally located city within Apulia, is situated 285 miles (460 kilometers) southeast of Rome.

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Alberobello

City

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hotels from 54.91 USD per night
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Salento

Holiday Area

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Adam

Top 5 summer festivals in Apulia

Thinking about a holiday in Apulia this summer? Every year there’s so many events to choose from. Here’s my top 5:

  • Negroamaro Wine Festival – Wine tastings, food and events dedicated to this famous red wine grape, used to make some of the best red wines in Southern Italy.
  • The Night of the Tarantella music festival: This ancient folk dance has enjoyed a huge revival of the last couple of years so come and join the crowds and dance the ‘Taranta’ into the early hours.
  • Otranto Jazz Festival: Held in Ortranto’s stunning castle, this open air Jazz festival last 3 days and often has Jazz musicians of International fame.
  • Gusto Dopa Al Sole: Like Raggae? Don’t miss out on the biggest Reggae and hip hop festival in Salento!
  • Santa Domenica at Scorrano: The festivities for the patron saint of this small town near Lecce have become world famous due to the amazing fireworks and decorations
  • Meet the team

    Adam is a history buff, art lover, and all-around aesthete who enjoys farming on the weekends in his olive grove in the countryside near Rome

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    Ostuni

    City

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    hotels from 47.42 USD per night
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    Traveler Stories

    Why I love Apulia

    Although the seductive lure of trulli attracted me to Apulia, I found so much more once I arrived. I know that this may sound strange, but once I saw those whitewashed huts with fascinating symbols imprinted on their conical roofs on a travel show, I had to go and see them myself. It was such an amazing experience to actually walk the streets of Alberobello and step inside those incredible structures, and the people who I met there were so friendly.

    I enjoyed traveling throughout the entire region so much. Apulia was also a great place for me to experience Italy for the first time since foreign tourists have not yet discovered this incredibly picturesque area en masse. This allowed me to experience Italy at its essence.

    About the author

    Matt admits that he succumbed to the lure of the trullo and is grateful that he did. He tells everybody he meets how amazing Apulia is.

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    Gargano

    Holiday Area

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    Trani

    City

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    hotels from 81.12 USD per night
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    Should I rent a bicycle in Apulia?

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    Should I rent a bicycle in Apulia?

    Absolutely! Once I satisfied my interest in trulli and wanted to see what else Apulia has to offer, I rented a bicycle and set out. This region of Italy is so beautiful, and bicycling is the perfect way to explore it. It is also one of the flattest parts of the country, so riders of all abilities will be able to explore at length here. Its quiet agricultural roads are especially relaxing and peaceful. Guided bike tours are also readily available for those who want to explore in a group led by an experienced local.

    Insider Tip: Bicycle enthusiasts will want to consider going to Brindisi in Bicicletta. This is a family-friendly event that takes place every May.

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    Oria

    City

    oria wine
    hotels from 93.6 USD per night
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    Laura

    Delve deep into Apulian folklore!

    The Apulia region like most of the mysterious Southern Italy is steeped in folklore and there’s no better way of visiting this magical place than discovering its folklore and time honored traditions. If you go there during the summer, you can be sure to find a festival or sagra, even in the smallest village. Here are three big folk festivals that won’t disappoint.

  • The Night of the Tarantella music festival held in the Salento area is one of the biggest traditional folk music festivals in Italy and you won't resist the desire of mixing with locals and dancing with them.
  • Putignano Carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in Italy. It’s held twice a year in February and in the summer. Don't miss the colorful procession!
  • Festa del ‘Puscinone’, San Giovanni Rotondo: This culinary festa livens up the city center every summer and you can celebrate with a succulent stuffed meat roll available at one of the stands.
  • Meet the team

    Laura loves travelling and satisfying her curiosity. She fell in love with Italy a few years ago and she is eager to discover every corner!

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    Torricella

    City

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    hotels from 46.34 USD per night
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    Lecce

    City

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    hotels from 47.42 USD per night
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    Travel Tips

    Things worth remembering in Apulia

    Fun Fact: Apulia produces more than 40 percent of Italy? olive oil.

    Local Dish: Needless to say, locals enjoy eating pasta with olive oil. However, seafood also plays a major role in dishes, and the food here is influenced by Greek and other nearby cultures.

    Famous Locals: Rudolph Valentino, Pope Benedict XIII, Aldo Moro, Antonio Cassano

    Locals Love: Locals enjoy growing their own food and doing their own cooking, and many are willing to share with a friendly traveler.

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    Bari

    City

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    hotels from 56.16 USD per night
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    Is summer the best time to visit Apulia?

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    Is summer the best time to visit Apulia?

    It depends. Although summer is absolutely spectacular and you will be joined at this time by the many Italian tourists who know how wonderful this place is, traveling to Apulia during the winter is pretty fun as well. I know that when I visited in December, the food tasted better. It turns out that fish is fresher during this time of year, and portion sizes tend to be larger because restaurants and other eateries found here are not as busy. Local farms are also more apt to welcome and engage visitors during this time of the year. Although summer accommodations are already affordable here, the prices are considerably lower during the winter months.

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    San Giovanni Rotondo

    City

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    hotels from 39.94 USD per night
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    Vieste

    City

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    hotels from 26.21 USD per night
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    Franziska

    6 good reasons to love Apuglia

    I have to admit that I have never been a huge fan of "going to the beach". I mostly went there as a favor to my kids. But my trip to Apulia has changed my mind! For the first time I really enjoyed my beach holidays. Why?

  • The Caribbean water… it’s just so incredibly crystal clear! You can easily see to the sea bottom.
  • Quiet beaches, a nice change from the forest of beach umbrellas on beaches elsewhere
  • Great food, especially when you like seafood and fresh fish
  • Not too expensive
  • There is always a fresh breeze and the nights are cool enough so you can get to sleep
  • You still can find the ‘original’ Italy in Apulia
  • Meet the team

    Franziska describes herself as a very curious person. She loves to discover Italy – her home away from home – together with her family.

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    Otranto

    City

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    hotels from 49.92 USD per night
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    Peschici

    City

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    hotels from 37.44 USD per night
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    Gallipoli

    City

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    hotels from 52.42 USD per night
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    Manfredonia

    City

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    hotels from 42.43 USD per night
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    Porto Cesareo

    City

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    hotels from 36.19 USD per night
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    San Giorgio Jonico

    City

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    hotels from 123.55 USD per night
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    Salice Salentino

    City

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    hotels from 89.86 USD per night
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    Rodi Garganico

    City

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    hotels from 31.2 USD per night
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